Alerts: Airline operations

Here you can see details of all alerts issued during the last 12 months. Select a category to see the relevant headlines, sorted by date, and click on one to read the full alert. If you are looking for information about an older notification please email content@caa.co.uk including the reference number where possible e.g. SW2017/194.

Safety requirements for portable electronic devices placed on board by the operator

Controlled portable electronic devices (C-PEDs) containing lithium batteries, and external lithium batteries (including power banks) can catch fire and explode if poorly manufactured, faulty or misused. Such devices are subject to safety design and operational standards and similar requirements apply to lithium battery powered products taken on board aircraft for retail sale to passengers. The […]

UK Airprox Board newsletter, March

UKAB’s March 2018 summary focuses on downwind, with the example of the C152 and C172 which came into conflict at Cumbernauld. The ‘UKAB monthly round-up’ includes an assessment of 21 incidents by the Board. SW2018/056

CAA Scheme of Charges 2018/19

The revised CAA Schemes of Charges, effective as from 1 April 2018, are now available. We asked for comments on the charge proposals. We are grateful for the submissions received and have published our response (CAP 1626). SW2018/046

Low visibility (LV) licence endorsement

The low visibility (LV) qualification endorsement on UK CAA issued part-FCL licences has not been consistently implemented by Member States and does not indicate if all requirements of operators LVO training are completed. Therefore, from 15 March 2018 the requirement for LV to be endorsed or signed on the ‘ratings, certificates and privileges’ section or […]

Update: Access to Government Aerodromes Aeronautical Information

This notification updates the information sent on 12 March 2018 as SW2018/038. The CAA has been in dialogue with the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) regarding open access to all users wishing to acquire aeronautical information relating to government aerodromes. Resulting from these discussions the MAA has now made available for download, free of charge, the […]

Access to Government Aerodromes Aeronautical Information

The CAA has been in dialogue with the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) regarding open access to all users wishing to acquire aeronautical information relating to government aerodromes. Resulting from these discussions the MAA has now made available for download, free of charge, the latest version of the UK Military Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP). This can […]

Automatic validation of flight crew licences and multi-crew pilot licence take-off and landing

At a meeting of the EASA Committee held on 20-21 February, a positive vote was made on a Draft Commission Regulation based on EASA Opinions 03/2017 and 16/2016 amending Commission Regulation (EU) 1178/2011 as regards automatic validation of flight crew licences and multi-crew pilot licence take-off and landing. Introduction of the automatic validation of flight […]

Terrain awareness warning systems (TAWS) for newly manufactured aircraft

At a meeting of the EASA Committee held on 20-21 February, a positive vote was made on a Draft Commission Regulation based on EASA Opinion 15/2016 amending Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012. The changes to the requirements for the installation of TAWS align the implementing rules with ICAO provisions contained in Annex 6. SW2018/33

Aircrew medical fitness

At a meeting of the EASA Committee held on 20-21 February, a positive vote was made on a Draft Commission Regulation based on EASA Opinion 14/2016 amending Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012. The changes to the Air OPS implementing rules will introduce preventive measures that will require EU airlines to carry out a psychological assessment […]

Expositions, listings and associated procedures (Part 145, 147, MF, MG)

For those organisations that have been granted an indirect approval procedure for their exposition amendments, associated listings (e.g. Capability List, Managed Aircraft Listing, etc) and procedures which are referenced within the exposition, please note that there is a requirement to submit these documents to the CAA as soon as they have been approved within your […]

UK Airprox Board newsletter, February

UKAB’s February 2018 summary focuses largely on Airprox incidents resulting from sub-optimal airmanship. ‘Airprox of the Month’ relates to an incident at Compton Abbas where two C42 Ikarus aircraft were both joining for a right-hand circuit on runway 26. SW2018/024

Voluntary Industry Resilience Group – final report published

The Voluntary Industry Resilience Group (VIRG) was formed to improve the running of the UK’s aviation network, with the aim of: – Enhancing its day-to-day operating resilience. – Reducing delays. – Reducing (where possible) the associated costs to both industry and passengers. Its final report, published in January 2018, proposes a list of recommended actions […]

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 125

In this latest issue of CHIRP: – Is there a systemic problem with aviation? Pilots, ATCOs and engineers report pressure to achieve more output with fewer resources. Are Safety Management Systems too reactive? – EASA regulations and potential legal implications of using Commander’s Discretion are reported as well as the effects of an industrial dispute […]

Publication of AIC Y 001/2018 UK Flight Information Services

The ICAO requirements for a Flight Information Service within Class E and G airspace in the UK are met through a suite of air traffic services that are collectively known as the UK Flight Information Services (FIS). These services are provided in accordance with CAP 774: UK Flight Information Services and are detailed within UK AIP […]

CAA response to EASA NPA 2017-15

The CAA has published a response to the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) 2017-15  – Non ETOPS operations using performance class A aeroplanes with a maximum operational passenger seating configuration of 19 or less. You can read the response on our website. SW2017/230

UK Airprox Board: 2016 Report

The Report by the UK Airprox Board (Blue Book 32) provides analysis of 2016’s incidents. It includes observations and lessons – incidents are broken down by aviation sector, airspace, risk distributions, incident rates and causal factors – and a short catalogue of 2016 Airprox. http://www.airproxboard.org.uk/Reports-and-analysis/Annual-Airprox-summary-reports/ SW2017/220

Consultation on CAA statutory charges 2018/19

We are currently consulting on our statutory charge proposals for 2018/19. For more information, and to submit comments, please view the consultation. All comments must be received before the consultation closes on 8 February 2018. SW2017/216

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 124

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 124 has been published. In this edition: Missed RT calls and ‘stepped on’ transmissions: why do they happen and what can be done? High temperatures in the cabin and flight deck and an unserviceable air conditioning pack: press on or delay the flight? Low temperature issues: a passenger concerned about […]

CAP 772 update: guidance concerning aerodrome wildlife hazard management

Following collaboration with stakeholders and subject matter experts, we have published updated guidance material concerning wildlife hazard management at aerodromes (CAP 772). The principal changes in this revision address changes to bird/wildlife strike occurrence reporting procedures due to Regulation (EU) 376/2014. Further details concerning the reporting of occurrences can be found at www.caa.co.uk/MOR. Other significant […]

CHIRP Cabin Crew Feedback, Issue 64 – Sept 2017 now available

Issue 64 of Cabin Crew Feedback discusses topics including: the minimum cabin crew complement on aircraft and cabin crew experience, rest between standby and training duties, rules for cabin crew flying when pregnant, out of date crew lifejackets and poor aircraft design. SW2017/201

Part 145 overseas OJT approval application

Organisations who wish to apply for UK CAA Part 145 overseas approval of their OJT in support of type rating issue can now do so, via this application form, available on the CAA website. SW2017/197

Cost sharing flights

We have published information intended to provide guidance for when the actual direct costs of a passenger transport flight may be shared between the occupants of an aircraft without having to comply with the regulations applicable to Commercial Air Transport or Public Transport flights. Our website contains updated information, also available in PDF format, alongside […]

UK Airprox Board newsletter, July

UKAB’s July 2017 summary focuses largely on Airprox incidents resulting from sub-optimal airmanship. ‘Airprox of the Month’ relates to an incident at Biggin Hill where a PA28 conducting a downwind join came into conflict with a C152 ahead. The lesson is that pilots should make early decisions if things start going wrong with their plan, […]

Edition 123 of CHIRP air transport FEEDBACK

In this edition of CHIRP air transport Feedback: Are you fit to control/fly? Air Traffic Controllers working night shifts and flight crew feeling pressured to work overtime; Engineering manpower: what are the rules about the resources required?; A pilot shares a human error that resulted in a level bust – an honest report that contains […]

UK Airprox Board newsletter, June

UKAB’s June 2017 summary focuses on Airprox incidents resulting from stretched military ATC units and incidents in and around the visual circuit. ‘Airprox of the Month’ relates to an incident at North Wield where a C152 conducting a very wide downwind track came into conflict with a PA28 joining downwind/base leg. The lesson is that […]

Changes to birdstrike reporting procedures

The UK Birdstrike Reporting Portal and birdstrike reporting form SRG 2004 will be withdrawn on 1 August 2017. This follows the implementation of Regulation (EU) No 376/2014. Wildlife strikes, including bird strikes, will not be differentiated from other reportable occurrences. For information and advice on the reporting methods available from 1 August, please visit our […]

Third Country Licences issued in accordance with ICAO Annex I and their use within the UK

This Information Notice IN-2017/029 gives updated advice on the policy for Third Country Licence holders intending to fly within UK airspace using a Third Country Licence. SW2017/125

Issue 63 of CHIRP cabin crew FEEDBACK

Issue 63 of Cabin Crew FEEDBACK discusses the high number of roster related reports submitted to CHIRP, and fatigue and its effects. Other topics discussed include pushback with passengers standing, the use of commander’s discretion, flight crew controlled rest, rest breaks during flying duties and charging of electrical devices during flight. SW2017/113

Safety Notice: Carriage of assistance dogs in the aircraft cabin

The purpose of this Safety Notice is to provide airline operators with the latest guidance material regarding the carriage of recognised assistance dogs. SW2017/102

Updates on the implementation of Performance Based Navigation

This Information Notice gives further information on the implementation of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) which amends Commission Regulation (EU) 1178/2011 (the Aircrew Regulation). SW2017/94

Type rating instructor revalidation and renewal

This Information Notice clarifies that when an applicant applies for a revalidation of an SFI certificate they shall have completed, within 12 months plus the remainder of the month in which the proficiency check was passed, a proficiency check on each of the types for which privileges are to be revalidated. SW2017/90

Verification of third country ICAO licences

This Information Notice introduces form SRG2142 for the verification of third country ICAO licences to ensure that pilots/instructors/examiners who apply on the basis of credit from a third country licence are aware of the requirement to have their licence verified. SW2017/87

Guidance for Part-147 Practical Training (CAP 1529) published

CAP 1529 provides guidance for practical training within a Part 147 organisation. SW2017/65

NATS VOR replacement programme update

The Isle of Man VOR will be temporarily withdrawn to allow replacement of the equipment. For more information about the process and impact of the replacement, see our Information Notice. SW2017/71

Guidance for On the Job Training (OJT) for first type ratings published

CAP 1530 provides guidance for engineers and deals with On the Job Training (OTJ) for first type ratings in any category or sub-category within Part-145. SW2017/66

Important information for SkyWise app users

A new version of the SkyWise app is being released this week and will be available to download for Apple and Android devices. Please ensure that you have the option for ‘Automatic Downloads’ turned on in your device’s settings so that you can continue to receive notifications. Guidance for Apple devices Guidance for Android devices […]

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition No 122 now available

This issue highlights Air Traffic Controller fatigue: how do you help a colleague who you suspect is affected by fatigue? How would you respond to a colleague’s concern about you? It also deals with flight crew fatigue reports being classified as ‘unfit’ and the pressure to report for work. Other reports include cockpit iPad installations […]

UK Airprox Board newsletter, March

UKAB’s March 2017 summary focuses on Airprox incidents in and around the visual circuit. ‘Airprox of the Month’ relates to an incident at a busy A/G airfield where multiple types using multiple runways in poor weather meant that options quickly became limited for one pilot. SW2017/56

Third Country Licence holders – assessment of knowledge

Read our new Information Notice for advice on the policy regarding confirmation of acquired theoretical knowledge for Third Country Licence holders wishing to be issued with a validation of their ICAO licence by the CAA restricted to private privileges only. Except in the case of FAA licence holders, all other requirements of Part-FCL Annex III […]